Le Méridien Paro, Riverfront opens in Kingdom of Bhutan


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Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Le Méridien Paro, Riverfront, the brand’s second hotel in the Kingdom of Bhutan following the opening of Le Méridien Thimphu late last year.

In conjunction with the opening, renowned American photographer Gray Malin has unveiled his newest series, “Bhutan, Land of Happiness,” which will contribute to Le Méridien brand’s Follow Me partnership – a multi-faceted global art collaboration with that brings compelling video art installations and still photography into Le Méridien hotels around the world.

“As a country that measures its success by the Gross Domestic Happiness of its people, Bhutan truly is a one-of-a-kind destination waiting to be discovered, and with two stunning Le Méridien hotels in Paro and Thimphu, we are delighted to help adventure seekers unlock the country’s mythical allure,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien Hotel & Resorts. “Our latest collaboration with Gray Malin offers a unique lens to the destination and invites our creative and curious-minded guests into his world with a modern twist on Bhutan.”

Le Méridien Paro, Riverfront is situated on the edge of the Paro River, offering views of the Eastern Himalayas. The hotel features 59 contemporary guestrooms and suites, all designed with a classic Bhutanese point of view, with a swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and signature Explore Spa.

Located in Bhutan’s capital city, Le Méridien Thimphu is a thirty minute drive from the sights of Paro. With 78 guestrooms and suites, the hotel is the largest in the country. The hotel provides three dining options, including an all-day dining restaurant, a Pan-Asian restaurant and a casual café by day that transforms into a bar in the evening. Through Le Méridien brand’s Unlock Art programme, guests also receive complimentary and exclusive access to The Voluntary Arts Studio to explore and discover local art.

Both hotels are captured in Malin’s latest photo series, “Bhutan, Land of Happiness”, which juxtaposes the iconic landscape and traditional architecture of Bhutan with his modern interpretation of joy and happiness.

“From the rice paddy fields to the riverside, shooting the series, which will be included in the second installation of the Follow Me partnership with Le Méridien, was truly a moving experience,” said Malin. “Bhutanese people and their breathtaking landscape both evoke an overwhelming sense of happiness that served as my inspiration for the collection.”

The Le Meìridien brand’s Follow Me partnership launched earlier this year, bringing video and still photography shot by Gray Malin on all seven continents into signature Le Meìridien Hubs, the brand’s re-interpreted traditional lobby spaces.

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